Stanford clinches one of top seeds for MPSF tournament


The Stanford men's water polo team guaranteed itself a top four finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after beating host UC Irvine, 14-7, on Sunday.

Jacob Smith scored three goals for the fourth-ranked Cardinal (5-2, 16-4), which has one conference match remaining and owns the tiebreaker over UC Santa Barbara, the only team capable of matching Stanford's record.

Stanford hosts non-conference opponents Santa Clara and UC Davis next weekend. Saturday's game against the Broncos is set for a 12:30 p.m. start, and Sunday's contest against the Aggies starts at noon.

The Cardinal could still finish as high as second with a victory over California in the Big Splash on Saturday, Nov. 19. The contest will begin at least two hours prior to kickoff of the Big Game the same day.

Ryan Kent, Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph, Austin Trinkle and Forrest Watkins each scored twice and Brian Pingree stopped 11 shots against the sixth-ranked Anteaters.

Men's soccer

Stanford dropped a 3-0 decision to visiting UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

The Bruins clinched the conference title after beating California on Friday.

The Cardinal (2-6-1, 5-10-2) has one match remaining, traveling to Berkeley to meet the Bears at 2 p.m. Friday.


Stanford earned a pair of nonconference victories Sunday at Northern Illinois.

The 21st-ranked Cardinal (2-1) beat the host Huskies, 20-13, after downing North Central, ranked 11th in the NAIA Top 25, 35-9.

Stanford opens the Pac-12 season next Sunday with a 2 p.m. meet against visiting Cal State Bakersfield. The Cardinal is also scheduled to meet Menlo College at 4 p.m.


Mateo Vargas recorded Stanford's best finish at the Singlehanded Nationals since 2006, finishing fourth. Kaitlyn Baab was 10th as only one race, on the men's and women's side, was contested Sunday because of the windy conditions.

Vargas' finish was the best since Emery Wagner won the event in 2006.

Vargas, who was eight points out of second after the second day, finished fifth in the only race on Sunday, finishing with 94 points. He finished in the top seven in 12 of 14 races and was 10 points out of second place. Freshman Kieran Chung-Wolf was 11th with 152 points.

Baab had 131 points, finishing 15th in Sunday's only race. She finished in the top seven in seven races, but also was 12th or worse in four races, finishing nine points out of seventh. Molly McKinney, competing in her second straight national championship, was 11th with 140 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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